HTC will have to pay Apple $6 to $8 for every Android handset sold

Just recently we learned that HTC has agreed to pay licensing fees to Apple in a settlement of one of the biggest cases in the mobile industry…
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52 Comments

1. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Lol I wouldn't put it past Apple for them to patent the colors Black and White in cell phones..

6. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Htc is the only brand that brings INNOVATION and they must pay to apple for that! I mean, they came up with the first Android phone, one of the first Windows 7 phone, the first Nexus device, First 1ghz Snapdragon, first 3D screen on a phone, First Quad-Core Chipset.... and many others... I HATE APPLE!

14. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Your comment has nothing to do with that i posted. Lol umadbro?

21. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

htc paying for every phone sold, and apple paying nokia for every iphone sold. well, it only shows who the real innovator is...

27. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Innovation is who spends the most money suing others. So yes, Apple would be the one and only true innovator there.

51. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yeah, HTC should have offered Apple $1.00 for each phone sold, Just like what Apple offered Motorola during their FRAND hearings... Poor HTC :/

71. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"I HATE APPLE!" You think MSFT is any better? They did this FIRST in 2010! See e.g. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-android-OS-Mobile-Patent,news-6622.html It seems that American companies these days use everything BUT innovation to fill their CEO's greedy pockets.

16. MeoCao unregistered

From now on, when you buy a HTC phone you indirectly pay $8 to Apple. So we have one more reason not to choose HTC phones.

18. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

true and sad

32. alouden unregistered

Too true. When this news broke, all it made me want to di is go ahead and buy a Samsung.

38. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

There are no facts to this...article says someone "thinks" this is the case...

72. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

+5$ to Microsoft. How come you have such short memories? http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-nature-of-the-patent-infringement-settlement-between-Microsoft-and-OEMs-selling-Android-phones-such-as-HTC Profits on every HTC handset = -x ...and there goes the most innovative non-US smartphone maker down the drain.... I'll give HTC 2 years tops! By then Nokia will be destroyed by (ex-)MSFT employees, together with RIM if these canadians are so foolish to hire mr. Sinofsky (ex MSFT). Google have already put Motorola practically to sleep. By 2015 the most innovative cell/smart-phone companies will be gone. And all what's left is cheap crappy chinese/korean s**t or uber-expensive stuff from MicroAppleSoft. I'm really looking forward to the future...Oh dear! :-(

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Better than what they are paying MS....

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is true....lol. In some bizarro world....Apple's license deal is better than MS's. I think some heads are gonna explode...

73. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No it isn't. HTC only pays 5$ to Microsoft for every Android handset. Funny how 2 supposedly non-related and supposedly competive American companies earn foreign money of the back of an OS build by another supposedly non-related and supposedly competive American company. I don't wanna sound again like this is all a conspiracy but there sure is something fishy going on...

3. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Htc gives to apple, apple gives to nokia!

12. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true that.

74. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'll correct that for you: "Htc gives to apple, apple gives to nokia and Nokia gives back to Microsoft!"

4. Aeires unregistered

HTC, quietly brilliant, publicly stupid.

7. MeoCao unregistered

can't say any better.

5. MeoCao unregistered

I would understand if it was MS. MS is PC King and has a lot of essential patents like file formats, emails, security... What Apple has? Rectangle w rounded corners, flat centered screen, slide to unlock... all trivial things that can have work around solutions to. And now Apple has free hands to go after other Android OEMs. Shame on you HTC.

11. Aeires unregistered

What happened to HTC standing up to Apple over LTE patents? I can't help feeling there was a trade going on here, Apple gets LTE rights, and now license fees, and HTC gets Apple's lawyers off their back. What respect I had for HTC is now dead, they caved in to Apple, the single greatest threat to innovation and competition the mobile community has ever seen.

36. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Hmm, lawsuits vs random internet guy losing respect because he doesn't understand business?

39. Aeires unregistered

Hmm, customer base choosing a different OEM to purchase phones from vs lawsuit they could have won. Don't be so stupid to isolate this down to one person.

45. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Lmao I doubt there will be a high percentage of people that don't buy the Droid DNA because of this. Seriously if you don't buy an HTC phone because of this, you have issues.

47. Aeires unregistered

You don't have to have issues to boycott a company. It's about not supporting something you disagree with. It's that simple.

50. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

It isn't that simple. You're buying a HTC product, not an Apple product. There is no point in missing out on great phones because of business things that shoudln't even concern you.

53. Aeires unregistered

It's not your call what concerns me or not. It's my choice as a consumer to buy from one company vs another, not yours. Obviously this doesn't bother you so feel free to buy HTC if you want, that's your choice. My choice is different.

75. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It will be very hard to buy any HTC phone if HTC is no more...

49. alouden unregistered

Well put. I understand business, so as pissed as I am, I won't hold it against HTC. Nor would or should HTC care if I did....

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